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Onward is a 2020 American 3D computer-animated comedy urban fantasy film directed by Dan Scanlon with screenplay by Dan Scanlon, Jason Headley, and Keith Bunin. The cast of the film consists of Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Octavia Spencer. In this film, Ian Lightfoot and his brother Barley Lightfoot comes to surprise to magical wand to strong as electricity server who find themselves to threatens that dead father is also founded.

Plans for the Pixar magic feature film with Dan Schalon directed on the film. In 2017, stating Dan Scanlon meets Barack Obama on the Pixar Headquarters, starting this development on 2018 with title reveal since the film is ready. Animation made by same name of the company, the film containment chamber chemistry between a magical place including Fantasia (1940), Aladdin (1992) and Hercules (1997) continue on the film. The film stating continue in This film and was wrapped in 2019. Before that film's release, The Danna Brothers made a composer score including music video and some of the supporting fans.

Onward held it's premiere on Berlinale in February 21, 2020 and on theatrical released in United States on March 6, 2020 by Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar. The film was an underperforming at the box office, grossing $141.9 million on a budget $175-200 million, but was received positive feedback to the welcomed mixed polarized reaction from critics and fans who praises plot, characters, music, visual effects, and some of the director but criticism for its screenplay and lack of issue. The film also received backlash in several countries in the Middle East for its portrayal of a lesbian character. The film's financial shortcomings were a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to the widespread closure of movie theaters. Like several other films released in the early months of 2020, it was made available digitally several weeks after its theatrical opening.


In a world inhabited by mythic creatures, magic was commonplace several millennia ago, though difficult to master. After technological advances over the centuries, magic became obsolete and was largely discarded. In the modern-day, two elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot, live in New Mushroomton. The younger brother, Ian, is a high-school student struggling with self-confidence, and the older brother, Barley, is an enthusiastic yet impulsive role-playing gamer and historical fanatic. Their father, Wilden, died of a severe illness shortly before Ian was born, and their mother Laurel has a new boyfriend, centaur police officer Colt Bronco, whom Ian and Barley dislike.

On Ian's sixteenth birthday, Laurel gives her sons a gift from Wilden: a magical staff, a rare Phoenix gem, and a letter describing a "visitation spell" that can resurrect their father for a single day. Ian succeeds in casting the spell but is unable to finish it before Barley intervenes, forcefully offering his help. As a result, only the lower half of Wilden's body is reformed before the gem disintegrates. The brothers embark on a quest to acquire another gem and complete the spell, taking Barley's beloved van "Guinevere." Finding the boys gone, Laurel leaves to look for them.

Ian and Barley visit the Manticore's Tavern, in the hopes of finding a map to another gem. However, the tavern has become a family restaurant managed by the Manticore ("Corey" for short). While arguing with Ian over the map, Corey realizes how unfulfilling her life has become and drives the customers away in a fit of insanity, accidentally setting fire to the restaurant and the map. The brothers' only clue to the gem is a children's menu suggesting "Raven's Point," a nearby mountain. Laurel later arrives at the scene and befriends Corey, who agrees to help her track both of them down. Corey warns Laurel that the brothers' journey may awaken a curse that can only be defeated by her sword which is currently held at a pawn shop. After incapacitating the shop clerk and stealing the sword, they end up in a car accident that forces Corey to regain the use of her wings to catch up with Ian and Barley.

Traveling to the mountains, Ian and Barley narrowly escape a motorcycle gang of pixies. After a tense encounter with the police, Ian inadvertently reveals that he has believed Barley to be a screw-up. They argue over Ian not being considerate of Barley's ideas, primarily not taking what Barley claims to be the "Path of Peril" to the gem. Their argument is cut short when Wilden's legs begin dancing to the music playing from Guinevere, and the brothers promptly join in. After Ian allows Barley to guide the three of them on the Path of Peril to the gem, they stop at an unopened draw bridge. Ian is forced to use a spell that allows him to walk across the open chasm, where he overcomes his lack of confidence and releases the draw-bridge for Barley and Wilden.

They arrive at "Raven's Point" which leads them on a trail indicated by a series of raven statues, but Colt follows them, calling in reinforcements. After coming to a dead-end, Barley sacrifices Guinevere to cause a landslide, blocking their pursuers. Following the statues, the brothers descend through a cave where Barley reveals to Ian that one of the final memories he had of his father was how he could not emotionally bring himself to say goodbye to Wilden when he was dying in the hospital. Traveling deeper into the cave, the brothers wind up narrowly avoiding a series of traps including a deadly creature that absorbs and dissolves anything it touches known as a Gelatinous Cube. The final obstacle sends them back to the surface, where they find themselves in front of Ian's high school. Infuriated at having listened to Barley's advice, Ian lashes out at him for leading them on a wild goose chase and walks away with Wilden to spend whatever time he has left with his father.

Rereading his list of things he always wished to do with Wilden, Ian realizes that Barley has been a father figure throughout his entire life and returns to make amends. Barley discovers the needed gem inside a historic fountain across the street from high school and retrieves it, unwittingly triggering the curse Corey spoke of, which creates a dragon-shaped golem out of pieces of the school and other nearby objects, bent on claiming the gem. Corey flies in carrying Laurel, and together they distract the golem long enough for Ian to finish casting the visitation spell, but they aren't able to defeat the Golem on their own. Ian runs off to fight it, allowing for Barley to be the one that wishes Wilden a final goodbye. Ian's staff is knocked into the ocean during his fight with the golem, but he reforms it from a splinter embedded in his hand and defeats it. Trapped behind a pile of rubble, Ian peeks through a small crack and sees Wilden's body briefly reappearing to talk to Barley. After Wilden dissipates, Barley tells Ian that their father is proud of him, and the brothers share a hug.

Sometime later, Ian's confidence and spell-casting have improved, and he surprises Barley by painting his new van, christened "Guinevere The Second." Corey reopens her tavern in its original spirit, drawing in customers with tales of past adventures. She and Laurel become friends, and Ian and Barley develop a better relationship with Colt, who was inspired to start galloping with his own feet. As the world begins to rediscover the past's magical arts, the brothers set off on a new quest.


  • Tom Holland as Ian Lightfoot
  • Chris Pratt as Barley Lightfoot
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Laurel Lightfoot
  • Octavia Spencer as Corey the Manticore
  • Mel Rodriguez as Colt Bronco
  • Kyle Bornheimer as Wilden Lightfoot
  • Ali Wong as Gore
  • Lena Waithe as Specter
  • Wilmer Valderrama as Gaxton
  • Grey Griffin as Dewdrop
  • Tracey Ullman as Grecklin
  • George Psarras as Avel, a police officer.
  • John Ratzenberger as Mister Construction Worker Fenwick


In July 2017, Pixar announced a "suburban fantasy world" film at the D23 Expo, with Scanlon directing and Rae producing. The film is inspired by Scanlon's father's death when Scanlon and his brother were younger, and their relationship. Scanlon decided to write the story after hearing an audio clip of his father. On December 12, 2018, the title was revealed along with the cast: Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Octavia Spencer. C. S. Anderson was announced as Scanlon's co-writer.

On April 16, 2019, Mychael and Jeff Danna were revealed to be the film's composers. On February 12, 2020, Brandi Carlile revealed she recorded the song "Carried Me With You" for the film's end credits, co-written with Phil and Tim Hanseroth. The film's soundtrack was released on February 28, 2020.

All music is composed by Mychael and Jeff Danna, except where noted.

One storyboard scene featured Ian, Barley, and Wilden joining with a goat girl in the journey. Ian and the goat girl come across a booth hosted by three evil mermaids. The mermaids sing their mesmerizing song to lure the two into staying in one of three houses put for rent. Ian tries to silence them with the staff but the spell is too weak. When Ian and the goat girl are finally in a trance, the mermaids place them in one of the houses. The house they are in starts to sink into the ground.

The goat girl was omitted because the filmmakers wanted the film to focus on the relationship between Ian and Barley. The scene itself was removed because the filmmakers felt it was too grim.

According to effects supervisor Vincent Serritella, the animators wanted the spells to be "something that's abstract" but also "personify it", so they "had to converge on the idea of an image of magic, go back to the base level of the sequences and the spells, and what level [of complexity] would be given, and how it affects the environment". Director Dan Scanlon said that Ian's arc "was helpful to [the animators] because [they] could use that for all of the magic we designed". The animators choose to give the film's magic a unique style after studying several animated films featuring magic such as Fantasia, Aladdin, and Hercules. Animators wanted the film's magic to fit with its suburban setting.

Animators first developed the film's magic using hand-drawn animated drawings, before turning them into computer-animated effects, with Serritella saying that "[they] made shapes and graphic elements that really lend themselves to what’s happening in a 2D environment". Serritella also said that "the key" was mixing hand-drawn and computer animation, arguing that "[g]oing one way or the other didn’t work. Going too graphic didn’t fit into the world that the background and the characters were created in. And going too physical in an animated world seemed too real", so "[they] found the right balance" by turning hand-drawn animated graphics into "light objects" and giving them "[a] true volumetric, glowing atmosphere". He further added that the choreography during the "visitation spell" sequence "came directly from 2D", while they CG animation and lighting provided "depth perception". The film was completed on November 21, 2019.


Onward is scheduled to be released on March 6, 2020 by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and it was lost by Disney+ on April 3, 2020 due to COVID-19 Pandemic by March 12, 2020.

The film was also a premiere in Red Carpet on Berlin International Film Festival in February 21, 2020


On May 29, 2019, two stills from the film, featuring Barley, Ian and their mother, were revealed. The following day, the film's teaser poster was released, following by the teaser trailer, which debuted during ABC's broadcast of the 2019 NBA Finals. The film promote their products on $100 million such as McDonald's and Whirlpool. Collected McDonald's always launches on Happy Meal with box franchise including Onward Commercial that brings together about Apple slices and milk.

Law Suit

In January 2020, San Francisco tattoo artist Sweet Cicely Daniher filed a copyright lawsuit against Disney, Pixar, and Onward producer Kori Rae. In September 2018, Pixar rented Daniher's "Vanicorn," a van decorated with a unicorn-themed mural, for use at the LA Auto Show in 2019. She learned about the production of Onward in May 2019 and, after seeing images of the van used by Ian and Barley Lightfoot in the film, came to believe that Pixar had copied the design of the Vanicorn in violation of her rental agreement with the company, as well as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Visual Artists Rights Act, and the California Artists Protection Act. She sought in her suit to prohibit distribution of the film and any infringing advertisement or merchandise.

Home Media

Onward was released digitally on the night of March 20, 2020, and became available for Disney+ subscribers on April 3, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The digital date was just two weeks after the film's theatrical debut and before the end of the usual 90-day theatrical run. The announcement followed Disney's earlier than planned release of Frozen II on Disney+ as well as Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on Digital HD in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over its first week of home release, the film was the sixth-most watched on Amazon Prime and second-most on the iTunes Store. The film was later released on DVD, Blu-ray, and Ultra HD Blu-ray on May 19, 2020.

Box Office

Onward grossed $61.6 million in the United States and Canada, and $79.9 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $141.4 million. The gross of the film was significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced most movie theaters to shut down within two weeks after its release.

In the United States and Canada, the film was released alongside The Way Back and the wide expansion of Emma, and was projected to gross $45–50 million from 4,200 theaters in its opening weekend. The film held early advance screenings on February 29, making $650,000 from 470 theaters. It then grossed $12.1 million on its first day, the 6th, including $2 million from Thursday night previews. The film went on to debut to $39.1 million, topping the box office but marking the third-ever lowest start for a Pixar film. While the film remained in first in its second weekend, it dropped 73% to $10.5 million (the worst-ever second weekend for a Pixar film), and was part of the lowest grossing box office weekend since October 1998, with all films combining for just $55.3 million. In the film's third weekend, due to the mass theater closures around the country, it made $71,000 from 135 locations, mostly drive-in theaters.

Critical Reception

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 88% based on 332 reviews, with an average rating of 7.20/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "It may suffer in comparison to Pixar's classics, but Onward makes effective use of the studio's formula – and stands on its own merits as a funny, heartwarming, dazzlingly animated adventure." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 61 out of 100, based on 56 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews." Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A+ to F scale (tied with Cars 2 for the lowest score received by a Pixar film), and PostTrak reported filmgoers gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian rated the film three out of five stars, and called it "a likable family comedy that finds an easy rhythm without effort," though he felt that the movie's "attitude towards death" is not as radically powerful as in Coco. In a same star review Peter Travers of Rolling Stone said "It's no Toy Story—but the animation juggernaut's latest, about two elf brothers on a quest, is still worth your while." Reviewer James Berardinelli praised the film's originality and emotional weight and called it "engaging and enjoyable," adding "there’s something here for everyone," though concluded it is not the next Disney/Pixar classic. Ben Travis of Empire gave the film five out of five stars, and wrote, "Pixar returns with a great big power-chord of a movie—heart-pumping, resonant, and positively harmonious."

Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times called Onward a step back for Pixar, giving it two out of four stars. He said, "The story fluctuates between the uninspired and the just plain weird and then gets even weirder." While he praised the animation and said that the movie "begins with an intriguing premise," he concluded that it "doesn't come close to fully fleshing out the possibilities."

Ban and Censorship

The film was banned in the Arab countries of Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, as one female cyclops police officer character in the film named Specter (voiced by Lena Waithe) briefly indicates that she is a lesbian. The scene in question is a brief scene in which a simulacrum of Colt Bronco is lamenting about how Ian and Barley Lightfoot do not respect him as a father figure. Specter replies to him by saying, "It's not easy being a new parent—my girlfriend's daughter got me pulling my hair out, okay?" Homosexual acts are criminalized in the four countries, which are predominantly Muslim, although Kuwait does not criminalize female homosexual acts. The ban is not universal, and the film was screened in Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, and Egypt, albeit the line was changed in the Arabic-language dubbing to "my sister's daughter".

In Russia, where the gay propaganda law officially criminalizes the dissemination of LGBT-related content to minors under 18, the Russian dub, handled by Disney Character Voices International, changed the line to "It's not easy being a new parent—my partner's daughter got me pulling my hair out, okay?" The Russian dub also avoided referring to Specter with gender-specific pronouns. The scene was also changed in Poland and Hungary.


  • "Coming Soon" is replaced with "Cometh Soon".
  • The film promote their products on commercial in $100 million such as McDonald's and Whirlpool
  • Onward is a 15th original film until 2020's Soul.
  • Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this is the first Disney movie to be released for digital download while still in theaters.
  • Despite being pulled from theaters two weeks after release during the Covid-19 pandemic, and being released on Disney+ two weeks after that, Onward (2020) is still the 9th biggest grossing film of 2020.


Year Award Category Recipients Result Ref.
2020 BMI Film & TV Awards Film Music Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna Won
People's Choice Awards The Family Movie of 2020 Onward Won
Dublin International Film Festival Feature Film Won
Hollywood Critics Association Midseason Awards Best Picture Nominated
Houston Film Critics Society Awards Best Animated Feature Film Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Animated Film Nominated
St. Louis Film Critics Association Awards Best Animated Film Nominated
2021 Academy Awards Best Animated Feature Dan Scanlon and Kori Rae Nominated
American Cinema Editors Awards Best Edited Animated Feature Film Catherine Apple Nominated
Annie Awards Best Animated Feature Kori Rae Nominated
Writing in an Animated Feature Production Dan Scanlon, Jason Headley and Keith Bunin Nominated
Editorial in an Animated Feature Production Catherine Apple, Anna Wolitzky and Dave Suther Nominated
Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in an Animated Feature Production Shaun Chacko Nominated
Outstanding Achievement for Music in an Animated Feature Production Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna Nominated
Outstanding Achievement for Production Design in an Animated Feature Production Noah Klocek, Sharon Calahan, Huy Nguyen, Bert Berry and Paul Conrad Nominated
Outstanding Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production Tom Holland Nominated
Art Directors Guild Awards Excellence in Production Design for a Animated Film Noah Klocek Nominated
Austin Film Critics Association Awards Best Animated Film Onward Nominated
British Academy Film Awards Best Animated Film Dan Scanlon and Kori Rae Nominated
Cinema Audio Society Awards Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Motion Picture – Animated Vincent Caro, Doc Kane, Michael Semanick, Juan Peralta, Brad Haehnel and Scott Curtis Nominated
Critics' Choice Super Awards Best Animated Movie Onward Nominated
Best Voice Actor In An Animated Movie Tom Holland Nominated
Chris Pratt Nominated
Best Voice Actress In An Animated Movie Octavia Spencer Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Animated Feature Film Onward Nominated
Grammy Awards Best Song Written for Visual Media "Carried Me with You" – Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth Nominated
Hollywood Music in Media Awards Best Original Score in an Animated Film Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna Nominated
Best Original Song in an Animated Film "Carried Me with You" – Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth Nominated
Best Soundtrack Album Onward Nominated
Motion Picture Sound Editors Awards Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Feature Animation Shannon Mills, Nia Hansen, Chris Gridley, Josh Gold, David C. Hughes, Samson Neslund, Kimberly Patrick, Christopher Flick, Steve Orlando, Erich Stratmann, Shelley Roden and John Roesch Nominated
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Animated Movie Onward Nominated
Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie Chris Pratt Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Animated Film Onward Pending
Visual Effects Society Awards Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature Dan Scanlon, Kori Rae, Sanjay Bakshi and Vincent Serritella Nominated
Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Kristopher Campbell, Jonas Jarvers, Rob Jensen and Jacob Kuenzel (for Dad Pants) Nominated
Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature Eric Andraos, Laura Grieve, Nick Pitera and Michael Rutter (for Swamp Gas) Nominated
Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature Dave Hale, Jonah Blue Laird, Stephen Marshall and Ricardo Nadu Nominated



Onward - Official Teaser Trailer

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